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DIY: Immune-Supporting Tea

admin October 8, 2012

Written by Kate Tietje and updated by Sarena-Rae Santos in December of 2023. 

There was a point in time when I was a little gun-shy about illness.

We had such a rough two years for my husband Ben and somewhat for my daughter as we were going through his detox and still healing our daughter (you can read Rebekah’s allergy story if you haven’t for more details on that).  While the rest of us were *usually* okay, we had a few minor illnesses.  Dealing with someone not feeling well for some reason practically every week — sometimes more than once was just…rough.  Sometimes, I even felt anxious about potential illness and worried any time someone did anything out of the ordinary…just in case.

I would not let this stop us, and I sure wasn’t going to hole up in our home all winter long (that didn’t sound like fun!).  Instead, I took some precautions when we went out, especially in heavily populated areas like indoor playgrounds.

This immune-supporting tea is one of the precautions I took at the time.  It’s something I’d make any time I thought we might get exposed, knew we had been exposed, or at the first signs of illness.

Fast forward to now: I am familiar with how the immune system works and fear illness much less.  Nonetheless, maybe this simple recipe will ease a new mom’s mind. 🙂

Immune-Supporting Tea


  • 2 tbsp. nettles
  • 2 tbsp. oatstraw
  • 1 tbsp. elderberries
  • 1 tsp. echinacea
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 1-quart boiling water
  • Raw honey to taste


Step 1: In a quart jar, add all your herbs.

Step 2: Pour boiling water over the mix, shake, or stir (shake with lid on, obviously) to combine.  Let this sit overnight or for several hours.

Step 3: The next day, strain the herbs out.

Step 4: Add raw honey to taste.  (This is a very sweet mix, and the strong ginger flavor doesn’t really come through.)

Step 5: Shake or stir to combine with honey and drink.

Easy!  Immune-supporting tea is a great addition to your arsenal…just in case. 🙂

How do you keep your immune system strong in the winter?

This is the writings of:

  1. Do you drink the entire quart or do you dilute it?


  2. How long can I keep it in the fridge for?


  3. I love this and I am anxious to try it. I have a question about the nettle….do you use the powder, the root????
    So glad I found your blog!


  4. Wondering what kind of nettle? Roots? Powder?
    Thanks so much!


  5. I have a reaction to stinging nettle. Is there something else I can use instead? Also, do you dilute the tea for your children?

    In advance, thank you for your time and help!


  6. Just made some. I am not really a fan of hot tea but this one is great!!!


  7. Where do you purchase these herbs? Do you buy them fresh or dried? Do the last long (I.e. can I buy a bunch or do I only buy what I will use right away)? I’m not too familiar with herbs yet! 🙂 Thanks!


  8. What form of Echinacea do you use? I noticed there are a lot of choices.


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  12. Kate,
    I LOVE this recipe! I make it and drink it EVERY Monday and when friends call asking for help, I always have them drink this first to boost their immune systems.
    Thank you!
    His Herbal Way


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  15. I was wondering if I dont have access to echinacea herb can I use the drops in this and still be effective? Thank you


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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